butter bean

noun

Definition of butter bean 

1 chiefly Southern US and Midland US

a : lima bean sense 2

Note: The name butter bean is used chiefly for either a small white or pale green lima bean or a large white to tannish lima bean.

For heartier appetites, a pair of succulent spring lamb chops cozy up to baby herbed lima beans (sometimes known as butter beans).Better Homes and Gardens … we sampled big, silk-textured butter beans shimmering in their juices …— Jane and Michael Stern

b : a plant (Phaseolus lunatus) that bears butter beans

2 : wax bean

3 : a green shell bean especially as opposed to a snap bean

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In the seafood and meat section, there is a rustic beef short rib and mushroom ragout ($28), and octopus a la plancha ($31) mixed with butter beans, blood oranges and kale chips. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Among top San Francisco destination restaurants, the Progress is better than ever," 14 Mar. 2018 Goya butter beans are available at many grocery stores (and Amazon) and have an extremely similar shape and texture. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "Why We Love Gigante Beans, the Creamiest, Most Satisfying Legume Around," 24 Jan. 2018 On my recent visit last week, the chop was paired with butter beans, kale pistou, roasted broccoli Romanesco, orange pork jus and fennel pollen. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Prospect in San Francisco: Urban, sleek and sophisticated," 29 Jan. 2018 This will give the butter bean purée a rich, nutty, buttery flavor. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "This Bar Vetti chef's menu combines Kentucky with traditional Italian fare," 12 Dec. 2017 Spoon some of the butter bean mixture onto each plate. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "This Bar Vetti chef's menu combines Kentucky with traditional Italian fare," 12 Dec. 2017 And the arrival of autumn not only means cooler weather and vivid colors but also a bevy of food festivals throughout the state -- events celebrating everything from peanuts and butter beans to catfish and oysters. AL.com, "25 Alabama food festivals to put on your fall 2017 calendar," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of butter bean

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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butter bean

noun

English Language Learners Definition of butter bean

: a kind of small, flat bean : a small lima bean

: a lima bean that is dried before it is sold

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